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and will re-open on Tuesday, February 19.

  • Discovery Place provides free resources for the ministries of United Methodist churches within the Susquehanna Conference. We are located at the Conference Center in Mechanicsburg and are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Other hours can be arranged by appointment. We invite you to visit us.
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Resource Spotlight

As we enter a new year, here are some resources new to Discovery Place that you may want to explore.


Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, by Bob Goff.  God's love is different. It changes things. It's active. It works. It risks. God's love???does.  Love Does is a five-session video-based small group experience in doing the love of God. Each session explores a different aspect of God's active love through the stories of Bob Goff.  Included is a study guide which will help you dig into each topic in a guided Bible study and small group time, with discussion questions, hands-on exercises, and further activities to engage the content on your own between sessions. (Includes DVD, study guide, and book.)







Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple, by Adam Hamilton.  Simon Peter: An ordinary fisherman who heard an extraordinary call. He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear.  This six-session DVD was filmed on location in Israel and Italy, and shows key sites in the life of Simon Peter. (Includes DVD, leader guide, and book.)






Journey 101: Knowing, Loving, Serving God, by Carol Cartmill, Jeff Kirby, Michelle Kirby. (The authors of this study are on staff at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.)  How can you know, love, and serve God in a life-changing way?   Journey 101 is a three-part discipleship course that helps to answer this question as it guides participants on a journey of growing as a Christian. There are three separate interactive six-week studies (each on its own DVD) on the topics of Knowing God, Loving God, and Serving God.  Designed as an in-class experience (with no homework outside of class), the program is flexible enough that group members may take them in any order.  (Each 6-week study includes a DVD, leader guide, workbook, and book of daily readings.)




Recently two mission development kits were donated to Discovery Place: Right Now: Unleashed for the Gospel and Right Now: Lead Beyond Our Walls.

Unleashed for the Gospel: Every week, people from all walks of life gather within the walls of the church to worship. As church leaders, are we sending them back out as missionaries in the communities where they live and work? This kit will rally every leader in your church to focus on unleashing people for the Gospel outside the walls of the church. (Includes 6 teaching DVDs, 2 Illustrations Discs, 2 Stories Discs, a Facilitator???s Guide, and 5 Participant Workbooks.)

Lead Beyond Our Walls:  People live their lives outside the walls of the church. As church leaders, how can we lead people towards transforming their work, neighborhood, and the world? This kit can rally every leader in your church to lead beyond the walls.  (Includes 8 teaching DVDs, 2 Stories Discs, 2 Illustrations Discs, a Facilitator???s Guide, and 5 Participant Workbooks.)


New Studies for Women:



Elijah: Spiritual Stamina in Every Season by Melissa Spoelstra. Life is like a rollercoaster. One day everything seems good, and the next day everything can be falling apart. We need spiritual stamina in order to keep going through all the ups and downs. Elijah did too. We'll learn some of the spiritual stamina secrets that helped him to hold on and persevere in faith, including habits related to prayer, choices, soul care, surrender, mentoring, and leaving a lasting legacy.  (6 sessions. Includes DVD, book, leader guide, and devotional prayer guide entitled 30 Days of Prayer for Spiritual Stamina.)






Church of the Small Things: Making a Difference Right Where You Are, by Melanie Shankle. It doesn't matter how old we are or what kind of work we do, we've all wondered at times, "Does my life really matter?" Do the everyday events and messy moments make any kind of difference? Is it okay to be fulfilled by the simple acts of raising kids, working in an office, and cooking chicken for dinner? Melanie Shankle speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in their normal, everyday world.  (6 sessions. Includes DVD and an in-depth study guide.)






It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, by Lysa TerKeurst.  What do you do when God's timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful? Lysa subtitled this study Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered, and through her own personal experience Lysa encourages women to see their lives in the context of God???s bigger story.    Whether we're dealing with daily disappointments or life-altering loss, we can find unexpected strength as we learn what it means to wrestle well between our faith and our feelings.  (6 sessions. Includes DVD, leader???s guide in box with DVD, study guide, and book.)





For more complete descriptions (including session titles) for these resources, please consult our online catalog (link on this page) and search by title.  To borrow any of these, you can place an order directly from the online catalog, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call us at 717-766-7968. Our hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. ??? 1 p.m.  We look forward to serving you in 2019!

Serving Christ with you,
Joni Robison